I’m fine with the fact EA has the exclusive rights to the NFL license even though it did kill the NFL 2K series. I’ve accepted that, I’ve moved on. But I do have a problem with EA sitting on other NFL games and doing absolutely nothing with them. EA currently owns the rights to the NFL Blitz series and NFL Street, so why haven’t we seen a NFL Blitz in 5 years or a NFL Street in 10?
Playing through these Retro Sports games lately I realize how much I miss having different choices and options of games to play. When EA locked down the NFL license not only did it kill the competition, but it killed our options. Over a decade ago EA created the NFL Street series, and that gave us an Arcade style outdoor football game, players had special moves, could run on the walls, it was something goofy, but it was different. I personally enjoyed the series and like the option. A little bit later on EA acquired the rights to Blitz and they released NFL Blitz on the XBox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, it went up for $19.99 and was a perfect re-creation of the classic NFL Blitz series, it is currently my preferred choice for a game of NFL Blitz.
I think it’s EA’s duty to gamers and the NFL to make the most out of the NFL license and keep these titles alive and active and I don’t believe that’s very hard or expensive for them to do. Madden understandably needs gameplay tweaks and advancements to continuously progress the franchise and video game football each year, I get that costs money. But a game like NFL Blitz doesn’t require any gameplay tweaks, it doesn’t require much for development or resources on it. When I pick up NFL Blitz ’17 I want it to play like NFL Blitz ’12 and NFL Blitz ’97. There is no need to upgrade or change anything other than a roster, and that’s what I want to see!
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